Busy Beau Rivage beach has everything a beach buff could need. The private Beau Rivage beach restaurant offers some of the best dining along the Promenade (see my review) and budget-conscious beach-goers will enjoy the proximity to the snacks and cafes in Nice's Old Town. Located just after the Jardin Albert 1er, it's also easy to access by bus or tram.
The wide public beach has less of a drop-off than other beaches making it easier to get in and out of the water. Beau Rivage also is the site of the watersports center Nikaia Glisse for adrenaline-pumping fun such as flyboarding and parasailing. See more watersports centers in Nice.
Beau Rivage beach is across from the four-star Beau Rivage hotel.
There's a lifeguard and first-aid station available from mid-June to September. See more about lifeguards.
There are public toilets and showers at the beach entrance.
Besides the wonderful dining on order at the Beau Rivage beach-restaurant, walk a block west to av des Phociennes for a cafe-restaurant or a few blocks east to enter the Old Town and its vast array of dining possibilities.
There's no street parking here but there is paid parking at nearby Parking Sulzer.
Access & Map
The closest bus stop is Albert 1er, several blocks west of the beach. There you'll find buses 12 and 32. The closest tram stop is Masséna on line 1. See more on getting around Nice.
This stylish restaurant is a little more expensive than other establishments along the beach but the quality is irreproachable which is why I've named it the best beach restaurant in Nice. There are different menus for lunch, dinner, tapas and sun-lounging which can be perused on their website. The circular outdoor beachside bar is inviting and there is a spacious lounge area that's perfect for socializing. Lounge chairs are adorned with comfortable mattresses. See more about private beaches and beach-restaurants.
Telephone: 04 92 47 82 82
Address: 107 Quai des Etats Unis
Beach Opening Hours: 10am-6pm
Beach Prices: Lounge chair first/rear lines €25/30; umbrella €5; towel €5.
Restaurant Style: French/Mediterranean cuisine in stylish atmosphere
Restaurant Opening Hours: Breakfast from 9am; Lunch noon to 3.30pm; Dinner 7-10pm May-September. Lunch only all year.
Nightlife: Occasional live music otherwise uptempo tape
Restaurant Prices: Pasta and burgers from €17.50, salads from €14. Daily lunch special €19.50 with water and coffee.
Sitting so close to the sea on a beautiful summer evening, naturally encouraged us to think fish. All three of us ordered fish dishes and we were mightily pleased. I ordered the sea bass baked in salt with an herbed butter sauce on the side. The crispy skin enclosed perfectly tender flesh and the side dishes of baby vegetables perfumed with gentle herbs and curried rice were wonderful. My companions were equally pleased with the John Dory filet in ginger sauce and the roasted turbot. The desserts were perfectly suited to a summer evening with various combinations of fresh fruit and ice cream. My mixed fruit salad with a sabayon sauce was divine. This is not a place to eat and run! The service was extremely friendly and extremely slow. The restaurant was clearly understaffed which is the case in most beach restaurants at the height of the summer season. Relax, listen to the waves and plan on a long evening. Jeanne August 8, 2012
Review from local press (in French).